Even in a weak economy, some companies find ways to thrive. These firms become top acquisition prospects and can receive extraordinary valuations. Lee Frederiksen asks 'What makes these companies so special that they command many times the price of an average firm?' and 'What do they do differently?'
If a firm has built up many long-term, loyal clients, and can demonstrate a clear competitive advantage that will carry it into the future, it is well-positioned to earn a premium valuation and interest from prospective acquirers, even in a down market.